My parents live 45 minutes from our house, so we spent the 1 1/2 in the car yesterday relistening to one of the lectures. The kids didn't seem to mind that we had heard the lectures before. They are animated and exciting; and everyone learns better when they hear things over and over. What we are learning is so interesting, I just have to share a few nuggets (and yes, that was WE who are learning, not just the kids.)
First it's important to state that what makes the curriculum great is that it uses the history given to us in the Bible as a foundation for understanding early world history. The Bible has been proven to be an amazingly accurate and unchanging document (for one example see this article on the Dead Sea Scrolls), and it would be unscholarly for even the most ardent atheist to not use it as a reference point. Now on to the good stuff:
Since we believe that the flood described in Genesis was a world-wide flood and not just a local flood, or a flood effecting the "known world," all races of mankind today descended from one of Noah's three sons and their wives. This includes Eskimos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Tribal communities in the bush of Papau New Gunea, every human. So if this is true, what should we expect to find all over the world? Shouldn't we expect to find flood traditions in even the remotest parts of the earth? Amazingly we do. Around the world we find over 270 legends with striking similarities to the biblical account. Here are two examples.
Nozomi Osanai writes in her thesis:
For instance, the Pawnee tribe in Nebraska has the following tradition: the creator Ti-ra-wa destroyed the first people, who were giants, by water because of his indignation about their corruption and after that he created a man and a woman like present people, who became the Pawnees’ ancestors.18
In addition, the Miao tribe who resides in southwest China had a tradition which is like the Genesis account even before they met Christian missionaries.19 According to their tradition, when god destroyed the whole world by the flood because of wickedness of man, Nuah the righteous man and his wife Matriarch, their three sons, Lo Han, Lo Shen, and Jah-hu survived by building a very broad ship and embarked on it with pairs of animals.
Another interesting fact is that tower of Babel legends are also found in different parts of the world. Click here to read Tower of Babel legends from North America Natives, Central America, Guatemala, Africa, India, Europe, Polynesia, Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Here's one example:
A legend of the Maidu Indians of California says that everybody spoke the same language until during preparations for a special burning ceremony, when “suddenly in the night everybody began to speak in a different tongue except that each husband and wife talked the same language.”
Then, according to the legend, God instructed a leader named Kuksu, who could speak all the languages, to summon all the people together and teach “them the names of the different animals and so forth in their various dialects. . . . Then he called each tribe by name, and sent them off in different directions, telling them where they were to dwell.”
Under "flood theory" land bridges created by the ice age that followed the worldwide flood would have allowed family groups speaking the same language to flee the mass confusion surrounding the language problem at the tower of Babel and set up civilizations in different parts of the world.
Flood theory needs some explanation. See post above.